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Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
July 20, 2019 - 9:00am to September 21, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Information

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.


  • Saturday, July 20th

  • Tuesday, August 6th

  • Saturday, August 17th

  • Tuesday, September 3rd

  • Saturday, September 21st

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZoo members

Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

Seal Encounters
August 9, 2019 - 2:00pm to September 1, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event Information

Enjoy a special meet and greet with our animal keepers, and feed the star of the show, harbor seal Bubba.

Dates/Times: (weather permitting and times may vary)
Now – Sept. 1............Saturdays, Sundays & Thursdays | 2:00 pm
Sept. 5 - 21.....................Saturdays & Sundays | 2:00 pm
Price: $25 per participant; $20 for current RWP Zoo members

Please note: Guests must be age 5 or older to participate, and children ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a paying adult.  The seal feeding area is not wheelchair accessible. Registration required. There will be no seal encounters on June 29 (Zoobilee) or August 24 (Brew at the Zoo).

Food Truck Friday
August 9, 2019 - 5:00pm to September 27, 2019 - 8:30pm
Event Information

One of the best things about the warmer weather is Food Truck Friday at the Carousel. Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, or hop onboard the Carousel Express train -weather permitting. Plus, admission is free!

Dates: Fridays, Now - September 27, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Please note: VIP Experience available for $85 includes reserved seating for up to eight people (outdoors or indoors), and eight Carousel rides and beverage vouchers.  To purchase a VIP experience, click here>

Food Truck Friday is produced by PVD Food Truck Events and Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village with additional support from Food Trucks In, Trinity Brewhouse, Gooseneck Vineyards, and Motif Magazine.

Brew at the Zoo
August 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening event, and sample more than 170 beers from 80+ local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival. A complete schedule of this years Brew at the Zoo events and a full map of brewers locations - coming soon!

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: VIP Hour 4:00 - 5:00 pm; General Admission 5:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Designated Driver (21+).....$25.00
  • 5 PM Adult (21+).....$60.00 *$40 Early bird special (offer ends June 7)
  • 4 PM VIP Early Entry.....$75.00

Please note: Saturday, August 24, the Zoo opens at 9:00 am, last ticket will be sold at noon, and the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm for Brew at the Zoo. This is a 21+ event, and no person under the age of 21 will be permitted (this includes young children and infants in strollers). All attendees are required to show a valid ID. Rain or shine, tickets are non-refundable.

Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
September 7, 2019 - 9:30am to February 8, 2020 - 10:30am
Event Information

These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together.  Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals and a walk to an exhibit. Please note this program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note: Due to the nature of the program and limited space,

  • Additional adults cannot be accommodated.
  • Younger or older siblings cannot be accommodated


  • Members: $14 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair

Dates & Themes:

  • September 2019 - Flamingo  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 9/7, 9/14 or 9/21..... 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 9/10..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 9/11..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 9/12.....9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 9/13.....9:30 am
  • October 2019 - Elephant  Click HERE to Register
  • *Please note that this class will be taking place in the Big Backyard*
    • Sat 10/5, 10/12, or 10/19..... 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 10/1..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 10/2..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 10/3..... 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 10/4..... 9:30 am
  • November 2019 - Snakes  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 11/2, 11/9, or 11/16..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 11/5..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 11/6..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 11/7..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 11/8..... 9:30 am
  • December 2019 - Giant River Otters  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 12/7, 12/14, or 12/21..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 12/3..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 12/4..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 12/5..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 12/6..... 9:30 am
  • January 2020 - Komodo Dragon  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 1/4, 1/11, or 1/18..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 1/7..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 1/8..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 1/9..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 1/10..... 9:30 am
  • February 2020 - Birds of Prey  Click HERE to Register
    • Sat 2/1 or 2/8..... 9:30 am or 12 pm
    • Tues 2/4..... 9:30 am
    • Wed 2/5..... 9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/6..... 9:30 am or 1 pm
    • Fri 2/7..... 9:30 am

Please note: These Preschool Adventures programs does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the program is cancelled by the Zoo. Requests to transfer the date of your registration must be received at least 48 hours in advance.  A $5 fee will be charged when any change is made.

Please note that a minimum of 5 program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified one week before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment.

Questions? Contact or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Zoo School
September 27, 2019 - 10:30am to April 24, 2020 - 1:00pm
Event Information

Join Roger Williams Park Zoo for a series of monthly, hour-long classes, designed for homeschool students. These drop-off classes start in September and run through April. Pre-registration is required.

*Please note: A Roger Williams Park Zoo or Reciprocal Membership is required for all non- Zoo School participants including parents, guardians, and siblings. Without a membership, non- zoo school participants, entering the zoo for drop-off, will be required to pay admission.

Dates: 9/27, 10/25, 11/22, 12/20, 1/24, 2/28, 3/27 & 4/24


  • Ages 4-12: $104 for the series
  • Ages 13-16: $144 for the series


  • Ages 4-5: Animal Exploration 
  • 10:30-11:30 am SOLD OUT
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Click HERE to Register
    • A great introduction to Zoo School! Participants will explore a specific animal each month through stories, crafts, games, centers and encounters with animal ambassadors.
    • *For the safety of the participants, this class does not include exploration within the Zoo. 
    • *Please note even though the theme is same as the 2018-2019 Zoo School Series, all of the monthly topics will be different.*
  • Ages 6-8: Animal Classification 
  • 10:30-11:30 am SOLD OUT
  • 12:00-1:00 pm SOLD OUT
    • Through centers, crafts, games and encounters with animal ambassadors, participants will explore how scientists classify animals based on their structures.
    • *For the safety of the participants, this class does not include exploration within the Zoo.
  • Ages 9-12: Nicknames and Nomenclatures 
  • 10:30-11:30 am Click HERE to Register
  • 12:00- 1:00 pm Click HERE to Register
    • Through lessons, activities, encounters with animal ambassadors and exploration of the Zoo, participants will explore taxonomy using the hierarchical system for classifying and identifying organisms.
  • Ages 13-16: Animal Related Careers: Explore the Possibilities 
  • 1:30-2:30 pm Click HERE to Register
    • Through interactive lessons, encounters with animal ambassadors and Zoo exploration, participants will explore animal related career opportunities.

Questions? Contact Andrea Stein at or call (401)785-3510 ext. 359.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to November 3, 2019 - 10:30pm
Event Information

Celebrate the wonders of New England and all its glory and magic at the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Feast your senses on autumn’s beauty, winter’s swirling snow, spring’s first blossoms and summer’s ocean breezes intricately carved on thousands of pumpkins displayed along the Zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. Follow the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular on Facebook and Instagram

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING. Read below for details on pricing, parking, and our weather and membership policies. Mark your calendars - Tickets on-sale NOW!

Important Information:

  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. 
  • Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
  • AAA Member Discount (Tuesdays): Available for purchase at Zoo admissions ONLY.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Pricing:

  • Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. 
    • Adult $18; child $15 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • 10 pm slot ONLY tickets: $15 adult and $12 child Friday, Saturday, and Sunday online and Zoo admissions.
    • Trail open 6:00 – 11:00 pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT 10:30 PM
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
    • Adult $15, child $12 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.
    • Trail open 6:00 - 10:30 pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT  10:00 PM
    • Children one and younger are always admitted free.
  • AAA Member Discount (Tuesdays): Available for purchase at Zoo admissions ONLY.
    • Current AAA members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. (limit of two adults and two children)
    • To receive the AAA discount, tickets must be purchased in-person and members must show a valid AAA membership card and a matching photo I.D. 
  • RWP Zoo Membership Discount:
    • To receive the member discount for online tickets, all members must log into their online member account and the discount will automatically apply at checkout.
    • Value Night ticket attendees may also purchase discounted member tickets in-person with a valid RWPZ membership card and matching photo I.D.
    • Reciprocal memberships do not apply.
  • Group Savings:

  • Host a Private Event: We offer the opportunity for organizations to host private events any night during our Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  No matter how big or small the event, we can provide you with an exciting evening. For more information please contact:
  • Purchase Discounted Tickets: Group discounts are available to parties with 25 or more paying guests. These discounts are available exclusively on Value Night tickets (Monday-Thursday evenings only).  For more information please contact
Sensory-friendly nights at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 31, 2019 - 5:00pm to November 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event Information

Join us for a special sensory-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular an hour before the trail opens to the public: designed those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

For maximum enjoyment, the over 5000 pumpkins will light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail, but there will be no music or special effects. This year’s highlights include intricately carved pumpkins with scenes from New England's beautiful four seasons - winter, spring, summer and autumn.

Dates: Thursday, October 31 - Sunday, November 3

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Pricing: Tickets are available for purchase in person ONLY at the Zoo's admissions booth. Ticket prices are $15 for adults; $12 for children ages two – twelve. Children one and under are free, but still need a ticket.  Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. Members must present a current Roger Williams Park Zoo membership card and another form of matching photo I.D. Reciprocal memberships are not eligible for this member discount. 

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. There will be no refunds or rescheduling.